[Mailman-Developers] Fwd: Bounce action notification
Chuq Von Rospach
chuqui at plaidworks.com
Tue Feb 25 19:55:14 EST 2003
On Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at 07:25 PM, Barry A. Warsaw wrote:
> Of course, Mailman can verp which takes the guesswork out of bounce
> processing. Even so, anything you can contribute to improve the
> non-verp bounce detection stuff would be appreciated.
that code's unfortunately not available.
But on a more general basis, I found a couple of techniques really
helped me here, against all but the most obnoxious bounce returns (i.e.
First, I now embed the user's email in the header in an X header, in
two ways. One as the address, but also as a hashed string (MD5 hash, et
al). I also use the hash in things like the unsubscribe links instead
of the email address, because I've found the email address can cause
issues of encoding on the way back, so you aren't always sure what to
look for. the hash doesn't cause encoding issues.
then when stuff comes back, in most cases, the X- headers come back as
part of the bounce, almost as reliable as VERP. And if I can't find
that, I try to find the unsubscribe/info strings in the message or
footer, and see if I can find the hash. if I do, I have an easy match.
Nice thing about the hash it can't be deconstructed, and it also
doesn't get cloaked by privacy things, so even if you run into sites
trying to do "useful" stuff with email addresses, you can still get
the only place it fails is where people mailbot stuff and don't
maintain any state from the original message (and those are relatively
few, at least on a site/organizational level), and first class servers,
but they're hopeless anyway.
Chuq Von Rospach, Architech
chuqui at plaidworks.com -- http://www.plaidworks.com/chuqui/blog/
Very funny, Scotty. Now beam my clothes down here, will you?
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